Championship outfit Birmingham City have completed the loan signing of former Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley from Swansea City.
Birmingham boss Lee Clark has been on the prowl for a potential centre-back following the departure of captain Curtis Davies to Hull last week. And with the new campaign fast approaching, Clark has added to his squad following the acquisition of Bartley on Tuesday.
Bartley has enjoyed a decent career, with successful loan spells at Sheffield United and Rangers, which ultimately led to a move to Swansea City in 2012.
But Bartley has struggled to gain a first-team place in the Swansea squad, following the good form of captain Ashley Williams and Chico Flores last season.
And the signing of a former Arsenal player with Champions League experience with Rangers is somewhat of a coup for Birmingham, as they look to push for an automatic promotion place, following a 12th-place finish in the Championship last season.
And Bartley has spoken of his delight at signing for Birmingham, as he looks to put a difficult season behind him. He also mentioned that he is looking forward to working with Birmingham boss Clark, as he matches the the ambition of the Midlands club.
"It's great news," Bartley told Birmingham's official website. "As soon as my agent mentioned the move then I was all for it because this is a massive club with a massive fan base. I know the manager well and he's a really good young manager who matches' the clubs' ambition."
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